Vernon Coaker MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, commenting the recruitment of Army reservists

“It is incredible that as the Defence Secretary says his plans to recruit thousands of new Army reservists are on course, the figures show that the number of reserve soldiers is actually falling year-on-year.


“It’s no surprise, given that just one third of the Ministry of Defence staff would recommend working there, and only 10% are optimistic about the future of the MoD. Philip Hammond is not just presiding over low morale in the Armed Forces and civilian workforce, he is causing it. They need to see leadership and delivery from the Defence Secretary.


 “The Government has revised and lowered recruitment targets for this year, making it nearly impossible for it to miss them. But the danger is that just stacks up problems for later years, and as a result Britain’s Armed Forces could be left with a dangerous capability gap.”